As the population of the Earth continues to grow, so does the demand for food and the need for agriculture education and training.
To feed 9.1 billion people by 2050 we need to…
Increase food production by 70%
Invest $83 billion annually in developing countries
The agriculture industry is the single largest employer in the world:
Agriculture employs more than 24 million American workers (17% of the total U.S. workforce)
Globally, 40% of the population works in agriculture
Seeing the growing demand that will be placed on the agriculture industry, many school districts are beginning to add agriculture career pathways to their career and technical education programs. For tips on how to develop a comprehensive program take a few minutes to watch this webinar – Creating an engaging agriculture pathway: The fundamentals you need to jump-start your own program.
When you begin to build your health science pathway plan of study, there are many places you can start and resources to go to. Here are a few to help you get started or even to help revamp and existing program:
Plan of Study Worksheets – Advance CTE has put together a great page featuring the 16 Career Clusters from the National Career Clusters Framework along with the pathways that fall under each cluster. The website, www.careertech.org/career-clusters, has links to each cluster and tools like Knowledge & Skills Statements and editable Plans of Study worksheets.
Six Key Elements of Career Pathways – Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development is another great resource and includes the Six Key Elements of Career Pathways. It was designed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and the Manhattan Strategy Group to help guide local and state teams through the essential components necessary for developing a comprehensive career pathways system.
Common Career Technical Core Standards – One very helpful place to go is cte.careertech.org and the Common Career Technical Core Standards for Health Science. They include specific measurable performance objectives for the Health Science Career Cluster in General and as well as each pathway within the cluster. Review the standards that apply to the pathway you are developing to ensure that you are teaching these basic core competencies in your program. This is part of the 6 key elements where you are designing the education and training programs.
National Organizations with Assessments or Competitions – The National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) offers a Health Science Assessment. The assessment adds the credibility of a national certification of achievement, satisfies Perkins requirements for technical attainment, validates student mastery of foundational healthcare knowledge and skills, and can shape curriculum delivery through teacher reports identifying students’ success and areas of greatest need by standard. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) sponsors dozens of knowledge and skills competitions at the state and national level relating to a wide variety of health science topics. HOSA Offers 56 Competitive Events that are aligned to the National Healthcare Foundation and Accountability Criteria outlined by the National Consortium for Health Science Education.
For more great information and resources on starting your health science pathway, take a few minutes to check out our latest webinar below:
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